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Kyoto, City of Culture Private Afternoon Tour Including Entry to Tofukiji

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Highlights
  • Explore Kyoto with a guide so you don’t get lost
  • No waiting in line—entry to Tofukiji Temple included
  • A private tour means you have direct access to your guide for questions
  • See a movie location where Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed
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Overview
Japan’s former capital Kyoto is known for being Japan’s city of culture. By going on a private tour, you’ll have a more personalized experience. You won’t have to worry about getting lost as you’ll explore the city with a guide. Save time waiting in line, as entry to Tofukiji Temple is included. Your guide will take you to multiple beautiful sites including the filming location of Memoirs of a Geisha—Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Gion District.
What to Expect
Experience the temples, shrines and gardens that make Kyoto Japan’s capital of culture on this unique private tour of the city. Founded as the national capital more than 1,200 years ago, Kyoto originally developed as a centre of aristocratic culture, and is most famous for its Zen gardens and Geisha traditions.
On this Kyoto tour, you'll discover some of the magic of the city through cultural explorations and local experiences, all with your own personal local guide to lead the way. First we'll head to one of the city’s must-see sights, the Tofukuji Temple. Originally built in the 13th century, and famous for its traditional, yet modern, Zen garden, this is a great place to escape to a relaxed atmosphere in the city. Learn about the origin and inspiration for the garden, and what it means to the monks who continue to live and study here.
Next we walk through a nice local residential neighbourhood to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Home to a seemingly endless stretch of iconic red torii gates spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this shrine is a world unto itself. Walk through snaking corridors of red gates, made famous in the film Memoirs of Geisha, stopping to admire the shrines and many fox statues. Major photo opportunity alert!
As the sun begins to set on the Toriis, we leave behind the foxes and head to Gion, famously known as Kyoto’s Geisha district. This area was the model for Memoirs of Geisha, and it comes alive with people and lights in the evening. Stroll past the 17th-century traditional restaurants and teahouses, many of which are still exclusive establishments for Geisha entertainment, see the theatres and traditional shops, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic quarter.
This iconic neighbourhood makes for the ideal end to this private Kyoto city tour, and is sure to leave you completely enthralled with this dynamic city.
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Reviewed 18 May 2019

We had an excellent experience touring Kyoto with Masayo, our guide. Detailed information on the sites we visited, general information on Japanese history and culture, jokes and recommendations on where to visit, eat and events, Masayo shared so much with us. The tour was perfectly...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 23 April 2019 via mobile

Our guide Julian was informative, friendly, and very entertaining! His descriptions of the sites were very interesting, with a hint of humour and a modern twist. The route itself was (without spoiling it) very beautiful. The trip is a little heavier on the walking side...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 December 2018

Sean was our tour guide and was extraordinary fun and interesting. I love Tokyo! We started off at the Buddhist Temple called Tofukuji. We saw Ojizosan (the bib rock) and FudoMyo (the angry man) statues on the way there. I also talked about the Marathon...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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VentureJapan, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

Hi Belenxu, thanks for the wonderful feedback for your time with us in Kyoto and for the experience with Sean. We appreciate you taking the time in recommending us and glad it was a fantastic day. Happy travel and take care. Venture, Kyoto

Reviewed 23 November 2018

I had a great experience exploring Kyoto through this tour. Not only was I able to hit some of the best sights left out by other tours but I also got some great insider information about living in the city itself. Our group was fortunate...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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VentureJapan, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

Hi Parkerost, thanks for the wonderful feedback for your time with us in Kyoto and for the experience. We appreciate you taking the time in recommending us and glad it was a fantastic day. Happy travel and take care. Venture, Kyoto

Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

This was a great tour run by Yuta. We all really enjoyed the tour and Yuta was very personable. All places visited were very interesting.

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Meet up is around 2pm at Kyoto Station - Tour Ends around 5pm in the Goin district - Suggest hanging out in Goin until ~ 6:30pm to see Geisha in the street.
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